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Intermediate Member
Username: basstard

Post Number: 197
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Friday, August 29, 2008 - 6:16 am:   Edit Post

Sweet Essence waiting for a new owner to take care of it:
The price seems to be good.

Me, I need a fiver :-(
Senior Member
Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 725
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Friday, August 29, 2008 - 8:35 am:   Edit Post

I like the giant asterisk covering his head. ;)
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 755
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 5:46 am:   Edit Post

Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 953
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post

Yeah, and he gets the purple spotlight....

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6965
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 9:53 am:   Edit Post

Note that the listing states that the winning bidder will pay both shipping and packing, and that the quote for the shipping and packing will only be made for the winning bidder. I have no idea what the UPS Store charges for packaging a bass; I've been told that their services are not inexpensive. If you're looking at this bass, you might want to find out before bidding.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3229
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

While it may cost a little more (I've never found their packing costs too unreasonable), there are definite advantages to letting UPS do the packing:

1. Less hassle
2. You know it's done right
3. (Most important) If something does happen, UPS can't skate by claiming inadequate packing.

Bill, tgo
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6967
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 10:10 am:   Edit Post

Bill; I agree with the advantages. I've never priced it myself, and have no idea on the cost. For the basses that I've sold, I have spent a considerable amount of time packing; so I think it is worth looking into for the next bass I sell.
Advanced Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 264
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

Don't do it.
Some of the worst packed basses I've received were done at a UPS store.
They usually throw the item in a box then dump peanuts around it.

Doing it yourself and do it right is the best way to insure it doesnít get broken in transit.
Just make sure the instrument canít move inside the case and that the case canít move around inside the box.
Use at least 2 inches of packing on all sides of the case.
Use bubble wrap - Styrofoam peanuts will shift and let the case fall to the sides of the box.

(Message edited by longhorncat on September 02, 2008)
Username: maximum_guitars

Post Number: 15
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 5:09 pm:   Edit Post

Mailboxes Etc. was bought by ups so they would have a series of convenient consumer outlets. UPS stores have no affiliation with UPS, except as individual franchises. They are obligated to accept UPS drop-offs and most have a mail drop for small packages and envelopes as a courtesy. The franchise owners hire teenagers to unload (FedEx) trucks; stuff mail into the wall of PO boxes they rent (their real bread and butter); and pack your $5000 bass.
They charge extra for shipping. Plenty. Their rates when generated in the store are higher than you would get if you used your own account. They overcharge for packing, packaging materials and boxes, meaning you can buy them yourself for far less and do the work yourself. They always use the next size up when choosing a box, which increases packaging costs. They even repackage first class stamps.

UPS will not stand behind a ups store any sooner than Colonel Sanders will guarantee your next piece of chicken. Hopefully the ups store knows the ups guidelines--4" packaging (now) on all sides and new or very good shape box (at least not used to the point of exhaustion).
I would never trust someone else to package a guitar I sold. That makes me uncomfortable.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6987
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 08, 2008 - 3:27 pm:   Edit Post

Interesting accounts; anyone else have experience with UPS and FedEx stores packaging instruments?

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